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Speakers taking part in The Meetings Show’s education programme will include former senior employees, such as CEOs and marketing directors from companies such as Eurostar, Sainsbury’s Bank, Aston Martin, Harley-Davidson and John Lewis as well as the founder of Disruptive HR; the manager of Virgin’s Babylon Restaurant and the owner of GDR Creative Intelligence.

Working closely with leading international speaker consultancy, Speakers Corner, The Meetings Show’s education will include a series of high profile speakers, with extensive corporate experience focused on the delivery of sessions designed to engage visitors, feed their minds and explore a wide range of topics.

This stream has been created to be of particular appeal to those individuals involved in the development of marketing or business plans, whether they be business owners or those reporting directly to board level executives.

“From an inspirational look at luxury brands and the lessons we can learn through to the need to explore beyond your current environment, these speakers have put together some truly exciting sessions designed to meet the needs of anyone attending The Meetings Show,” comments event director, Steve Knight.  “We are delighted to have such high profile names taking part in this year’s show and look forward to the impact they will have and the knowledge they will deliver.”

Sessions include:

Exploring the World through the lens of Luxury - Markus Kramer, former global marketing director of Aston Martin, ex marketing director EMEA of Harley-Davidson and ex chief marketing officer of VERTU.

Does your business have a personality and do your employees and customers identify with it? - Andrew McMillan, principal at Engaging Service & chair of customer experience committee at the British Council of Shopping Centres and former head of customer service at John Lewis.

Trains, Planes and… Toilet Cleaners! - Hamish Taylor, trained in brand management at Procter & Gamble, former management consultant at Price Waterhouse, former head of brands at British Airways, former CEO of Eurostar and Sainsbury’s Bank.

The Importance of Employee Engagement - Peter Avis, manager of Babylon Restaurant at The Roof Gardens in London, part of Virgin’s Limited Edition portfolio of properties.

Leading in a Disrupted World - Lucy Adams, founder of Disruptive HR & managing director of Firehouse.  Also former HR director at the BBC and Eversheds.

Marketing Events and Meetings: What our industry can learn from global trends in marketing, branding and communications - Kate Ancketill, Owner of GDR Creative Intelligence.

Nick Gold, managing director of Speakers Corner comments: “We are delighted to be part of the Meetings Show this year. We are excited that the core values that The Meetings Show are trying to deliver around content and knowledge has given us an opportunity to showcase some of our favourite speakers who we are certain will appeal to attendees of the Show."

Full details of all the sessions are available via The Meetings Show’s website along with links to register as a visitor or apply to be either a semi or fully hosted buyer.

Organised by Centaur Live (a division of Centaur Media Plc), The Meetings Show is the premier event for the UK inbound and outbound meetings industry, taking place 14-16 June 2016 at Olympia, London. Organised by meeting professionals for meeting professionals it is focused around a large exhibition, networking opportunities and professional education.

Tony Hadley wowed the crowds at Rockliffe Hall’s first ever grand marquee event on Saturday night (May 14th).

The black tie evening, attended by over 500 guests and VIPs, raised £10,455 for the Alan Shearer Foundation. Rockliffe Hall donated £5 from each ticket sale and just over £8,000 was raised through a music raffle on the night.

Guests dressed up to the nines for the special event which included a champagne reception, a three course dinner and then an 80 minute set by the Spandau Ballet frontman. He performed hits including ‘Gold’, ‘True’ and ‘Through the Barricades’ as well as outstanding covers of U2’s ‘With or Without You’ and ‘Somebody Told Me’ by The Killers.

Eamonn Elliott, Rockliffe Hall’s Chief Executive, says: “The event was a huge success and we’re thrilled to have raised so much money for the Alan Shearer Foundation. Everybody had a fantastic night and Tony Hadley was sensational – his tour manager said they’d never seen the dance floor fill up so quickly! This was a real landmark night for Rockliffe and the first of many marquee events to come.”

Graeme Baxter, an artist who specialises in painting top golf courses all over the world, has unveiled his latest work of art – the first hole of Rockliffe Hall’s championship golf course with the hotel and clubhouse in the background.

Graeme, who is originally from Scotland but now lives in Palm Springs, USA, is the Official Artist to more golf events than any other artist, including the Open Championship and The Ryder Cup, as well as the PGA and European Tour.

His original, giclees and lithographs are displayed in famous clubhouse around the world including St. Andrews Old Course, August, Turnberry, Pebble Beach, Dubai Creek and Carnoustie to name a few.

Graeme joined Rockliffe Hall’s Chairman, Warwick Brindle, and members of the Golf Club to unveil the specially commissioned painting last week. It is currently on display in the main reception at Rockliffe Hall.

Warwick Brindle says: “We’ve been keen to commission an official painting of Rockliffe’s fantastic golf course for some time and considered Graeme the best person for the job. He has painted some of the world’s most famous courses and we’re delighted that he can now add Rockliffe Hall to that list.”

The umbrella body for the UK events industry, the Business Visits & Events Partnership (BVEP) has surveyed members of its partner organisations to determine their thoughts on how ‘Brexit’ might affect events in the UK.

The overall results show the industry to have concerns about the level of events that would be attracted to the UK and the amount of investment that would be made in the industry, if there is a vote to leave.

Just 10% felt more events would be attracted here after Brexit, with 60% predicting there would be less. Industry investment was predicted to decrease by half of all respondents. The other half said it would stay the same or increase - just 13% expected it to increase.

56% believed the ability to recruit the right staff would be the same after leaving the EU and 39% felt that it would be harder with just 5% said recruitment would be easier. 

Business regulation was the topic that most divided the industry’s opinion. While the EU is often criticised for hindering UK businesses with bureaucracy and red tape, the majority felt this would stay the same or increase, with 44% believing a leave vote would lead to less regulation.

Many of the specific respondents’ comments on possible post-Brexit issues for UK events business, highlighted increased regulation on events held in Europe as one of the largest concerns. Other issues raised were the potential loss of work to European contractors and destinations; additional transport and other operational costs and the possible perception of Britain as an “outsider” destination for European events.

On the plus side the possible weakening of the pound could make Britain more competitive; there might be greater flexibility and ability to win more global events and trade outside Europe, with more opportunity for government to support events without breaching state aid rules.

Speaking of the results, Michael Hirst OBE, Chair of the BVEP says; “This is a timely piece of research, organised by the BVEP. It highlights some of the key considerations and demonstrates how many opinions there are in this important debate. On the one side there are concerns about some of the circumstances which will arise from a Brexit but there are others who feel there will be positive opportunities too”.

He added; “The EU referendum is now just weeks away, no matter what the UK decides, the BVEP will continue to raise sector awareness and work with its stakeholders to support its future growth.”

The BVEP represents a broad base of opinion formers in the industry and believes the best way to contribute is to present the findings of its survey without prejudice to either point of view.

BVEP release the new style of their Connections magazine.

Ashfield Meetings & Events is delighted to announce the recent transition of Rebecca Shipley into the role of Business Analyst.

Rebecca’s role will aim to bring together the efforts of the business development, sales support and marketing teams, along with the client relationship holders. The role entails thorough company research and analysis – for both existing and new client accounts – to ensure that the solutions the business provide get to the heart of the issues, not just within client businesses but their working environments. Rebecca’s role will also be in place at Ashfield Meetings & Events’ sister brand, SPARK THINKING

Rebecca joined Ashfield Meetings & Events in 2013 as a Sales Support Executive and has spent the last three years developing and communicating event concepts through proposals. Before joining Ashfield, Rebecca worked for Third Sector for five years as a Research Assistant, undertaking quantitative and qualitative research projects for a development trust

Andrew Winterburn (Global Business Director) commented on the move: “We are really excited to finally have Rebecca in her new role. She has a huge amount of experience to bring to the position that we are confident is going to add value to both our business and client projects.”

Rebecca added: “I’ve been interested in research since education and took on my first research role at university as an assistant to one of my lecturers. I really enjoy trying to get to the root of the issue at hand, understanding why things work, why people behave the way that they do, how we can react differently and try and anticipate changes that are coming. I am really excited to start working more closely with the business development team and to really get under the skin of our current and potential clients.”

PA education content at The Meetings Show will focus on helping PAs to question their bosses and deliver more creative and challenging events in a stream entitled “Are they Board?”  It will once again be delivered by the award winning Marion Lowrence from The PA Hub.

Sessions will include:

  •          Climbing the Career Path: From PA to EA - Sarah Caswell, Executive Assistant, Clarion Solicitors
  •          Running an International Conference - Kelly McAulay, Executive Assistant, William Grant & Sons
  •          The Art of Communications - Heather Baker, Director, Heather Baker Associates
  •          The Power of Awards and what it means to a PA - Melanie Sheehy, Executive Assistant, Citation Ltd & Co-Founder Manchester PA Network
  •          The Project Mindset: Characteristics of Successful Projects - Kathleen Drum, Executive Assistant, CEO Office Crossrail

Marion Lowrence, Director, The PA Hub, comments: “Whilst PAs face many of the same challenges as event organisers when planning meetings and conferences, they often have a full-time schedule within their role that includes many other day to day activities.  This in turn gives them less time and opportunity to be creative and seek new ways to deliver content and logistics. PAs have usually been ‘thrown in at the deep end’ and expected to run the perfect conference with little or no training. Our sessions have been designed to cut through to the heart of the matter and ensure they receive incisive and relevant content designed to make their lives easier and events more exciting and engaging.”

PAs can attend The Meetings Show as part of the hosted buyer programme, benefiting from travel and accommodation, onsite lounges and access to the diary system, allowing them to schedule meeting with exhibitors of most relevance to their work, whilst attending education designed specifically for their needs.

“PAs are a fundamental but often overlooked part of the meetings and events industry.  They have unique access to senior decision makers and corporate leaders,” comments Steve Knight, The Meetings Show’s event director. “They organise some of the most challenging events held throughout the world whilst juggling a host of other activities.  We are looking forward to once again welcoming a host of PAs to The Meetings Show, whilst delivering targeted and relevant education that will be of significant benefit.”

Organised by Centaur Exhibitions, The Meetings Show is the premier event for the UK inbound and outbound meetings industry, taking place 14 – 16 June 2016 at Olympia, London. Organised by meeting professionals for meeting professionals it is focused around a large exhibition, networking opportunities and professional education.

Ambassadors responsible for bringing high profile conferences to the north east were last night (Wednesday, 11 May 2016) recognised at an award ceremony in Aberdeen’s Chester Hotel. The annual Team Aberdeen Ambassador Awards celebrated the efforts of those who brought conferences on a diverse range of topics – including gene regulation, translation, rural sociology and marine technology – to Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire over the past 12 months.

Twenty individuals received awards for their efforts in promoting Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire to their associations, successfully bidding for and hosting 18 conferences in Aberdeen City and Shire over the past year. Such events have highlighted local organisations’ expertise within a diverse range of subject areas, and have helped to promote the north east as an attractive conferencing destination.

A special recognition award was also given to Professor John Watson of the University of Aberdeen. Throughout his career, Professor Watson has been an incredible ambassador for the region. This special award recognises the wide range of academic events he has brought to Aberdeen over the years, including the European Optical Society 2012, 3DTV 2013 and IEEE Oceans 2007 and 2017 conferences.

Professor Watson says, “I am absolutely thrilled to receive this special recognition award, and it is fantastic to see so many of my peers’ efforts being recognised as well. Organising conferences on this scale requires the support of a strong team, and we are all grateful for the hard work of our colleagues in helping bring them to fruition.

“As academics, we have wide networks of contacts that span the globe and it is important that we use these to bring our international colleagues to Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire for high-profile conferences and events. This not only benefits our own academic institutes by bringing world-renowned experts to Aberdeen, but benefits also the conference venues and has a knock on effect to the leisure tourism industry as visitors discover just what the region has to offer.”

Steve Harris, chief executive of VisitAberdeenshire, adds, “Aberdeen is often called the oil capital of Europe, and many know about the large energy industry events which take place in the city. While the energy industry is obviously valuable to the region, it is important to realise and celebrate the diverse range of academic events that also take place.

“From Latin American studies to cement and concrete technology, the breadth of conferences held in the north east over the past year is staggering. It shows that Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire have a lot to offer in a diverse range of important research fields.

“The success of these conferences highlights the excellent facilities that the north east has to offer. From the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre for large-scale conferences to the hotels and exclusive use venues which host smaller meetings and events, the region has a lot to offer those looking for somewhere to hold a successful conference.

“We are incredibly grateful to the Team Aberdeen Ambassadors for all of the work they have put into promoting the region to their academic colleagues, and we look forward to working with them over the next twelve months to bring even more conferences to the area.”

The full list of winners is:

  • Dr Raif Yuecel & Linda Duncan, University of Aberdeen – Scottish Society of Cytomics Meeting 2014
  • Dr Shauna Cunningham, Robert Gordon University – Diet, Gene Regulation and Metabolic Disease Conference 2015
  • Professor Patience Schell, University of Aberdeen – Society for Latin American Studies Conference 2015
  • Yasa Ratnayeke, Aberdeen City Council – Energy Cities Annual Conference 2015
  • Dr Graham Wilson, Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital – Association of Paediatric Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland Scientific Meeting 2015
  • Karen Orchard, Aberdeen City Council – HyTrEc Conference 2015
  • Dr Alastair McKinlay, NHS Grampian & Dr Umesh Basavaraju, University of Aberdeen  – Scottish  Society of Gastroenterology Spring Meeting 2015
  • Professor Peter Reid, Robert Gordon University – i3 information: interactions and impact 2015
  • Dr Berndt Müller, University of Aberdeen – Translation UK 2015 Conference
  • Professor Bernadette Connolly, University of Aberdeen – International Student Research Forum 2015
  • Professor David Lurie, University of Aberdeen – 9th Conference on Fast Field Cycling NMR Relaxometry 2015
  • Dr Lee-Ann Sutherland, James Hutton Institute – European Society for Rural Sociology Congress
  • Dr Mohammed Imbabi, University of Aberdeen – Cement and Concrete Science Conference 2015
  • Dr Alasdair Mackenzie, University of Aberdeen – Neuropeptides 2015 Conference
  • Dr Barry O’Neill, University of Aberdeen – 12th International Workshops Methods for the Development and Evaluation of Maritime Technologies
  • Dr Ejaz Pathan & Dr Neil Basu,, NHS Grampian – Scottish Society for Rheumatology Autumn Meeting 2015
  • Elaine Cleary, Junior Chamber International – Junior Chamber International European Presidents Conference 2016
  • Professor John Watson, University of Aberdeen – Special Recognition Award - European Optical Society 2012, 3DTV 2013, IEEE Oceans 2007 and 2017

Team Aberdeen Ambassadors is a collaboration between VisitAberdeenshire, University of Aberdeen, Robert Gordon University, James Hutton Institute and Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, working together to increase the level of national and international association conferences being held in Aberdeen City and Shire. The Team supports individuals who can influence their own professional association in bringing events to the north east.

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Global Event Tech 2016, a free to attend event which will take place on the 27th & 28th June from 10:00 - 16.00 across both days at Exhibition Centre Liverpool.

Showcasing 42 of the leading event tech providers worldwide as well we have attracted high profile keynote speakers who will share their live event experiences, industry knowledge and expertise. Liverpool continues to increase its momentum to become one of Europe’s leading destinations for large scale exhibitions, ensuring it to be the perfect location for Global Event Tech to grow.

Our aim is to provide both an innovative and thrilling platform for learning, sharing and developing new business as part of the International Festival of Business. Global Event Tech is set to connect the events industry with a vast array of suppliers and events professionals. You can find the leading event tech providers such as ITM Mobile, D2i Systems and Glisser only to name a few, who will showcase the very best in the industry from latest emerging technologies and developments.

The audience will range from event organisers from all backgrounds such as corporate or agencies as well as venues of whom are looking to enhance their own event experiences. We will be attracting international delegates by delivering a strong Hosted Buyer Programme by organising dedicated 1-2-1 meetings based on the Hosted Buyer's requirements and preferences. In return this will provide our exhibitors with outstanding business opportunities by connecting with the right people. At Global Event Tech, we believe that much there better place around the word to do business but in the heart of Liverpool.

To register to attend Global Event Tech as a Hosted Buyer visit our website:

Follow us on Twitter: @GlobalEventTech and by using the Hashtag #GET2016

On Sunday 8th May, teams from Rockliffe Hall and The Bay Horse at Hurworth, took part in their annual charity golf match on the award-winning Rockliffe Hall golf course.

This is the third year the event has been held with the scores at one each following the events in 2014 and 2015, and Rockliffe won in a close fought match that was decided on the final hole.

There were 24 players on each team, and following the event everyone headed back to The Bay Horse for a BBQ party and raffle.

The event raised £1310 for Parkinsons UK – in support of Rockliffe Hall member and Bay Horse regular, Jonathan Burt, who suffers from the disease.

Jonathan Stacey, Head Professional at Rockliffe Hall, says: “It was a fantastic event and we were blessed with glorious sunshine throughout the day. The Rockliffe team won, but it was very close. No doubt The Bay Horse team will be vying for a win next year!”

Marcus Bennett, joint owner and Head Chef at The Bay Horse, says: “Everyone had a fabulous day and we were thrilled to raise a healthy amount of money for such a worthy cause. We will certainly be looking for victory next year!”

Contact Rockliffe Hall on 01325 729999 or visit



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